Hotels in California
The most fun of the four California hotels designed by Kor Hotel Group collaborator Kelly Wearstler, the 162-room Viceroy seems like an extension of the nearby amusement park on Santa Monica Pier .
This sprawling, opulent resort, set just a few miles north of downtown Sonoma, might as well be its own private island; its vast array of on-site amenities could lead you to completely forget about the surrounding wine country.
Located in the Alexander Valley, this restored country cottage is surrounded by vineyards with fruit trees and a vegetable and herb garden in the back of the house. The three-bed, two-bath house has a fully updated kitchen and a large deck with a grill and hot tub.
Nearly every Mongolian-esque yurt at this eco-resort has ocean views from the redwood decks and Adirondack chairs, but without the thread count or plumbing—the bathroom is a short walk away—a small price to pay for a spectacular location.
The 220-acre Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, situated in a mountain valley that aptly portrayed Shangri-la in the 1937 film Lost Horizon, has long been known for its classic 18-hole golf course and for its Native American–culture- inspired spa.
161-room resort best known for the caliber of its on-site golf course.
Two-night minimum required to play Pebble Beach Golf Links.
This boutique hotel near the Beverly Hills shopping corridor is aptly named; its lobby lounge is decorated in mosaic-tile accents. Out back, palm trees and lounge chairs surround a private heated pool.
Challenge older kids (14 and up) with an overnight trek to the quite plush (but dormitory-style) hut, 10 miles along a groomed Nordic trail.
This hip and trendy boutique in downtown Santa Barbara uses colorful customized vinyl decals of peacocks, chandeliers, grandfather clocks, giraffes with parachutes, and other playful images to create a modern and individual style for each of its 16 guest rooms.
Many of the rooms have private balconies overlooking the scenic waters, and all come with the use of a bike or snowshoes.
Ten-story hotel with a chic, urban feel, minutes from San Diego's burgeoning Gaslamp Quarter.
Set 125 feet on a bluff above the Pacific, this farmhouse and collection of cottages are well guarded from the occasional 25-foot wave that crashes into the cliff below.